There were quilt shows in Charlotte, Pensacola and Ft. Walton Beach this past weekend. I wasn’t able to to make it to one of those, but I did attend a quilt show sponsored by the Cotton Patch Quilt Guild. The show was located just outside of Athens, Georgia. Traffic was a beast going both ways. I probably spent more time commuting than I did attending the show. Anyhow, it was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Besides pretty quilts, there was an also small vendor area. I met reps from Project Linus and QOV, plus checked out booths from NE GA quilt shops I’ve yet to visit. Yes, I indulged in a little retail therapy. While shopping, I met two teachers who are in the same position I was last year – figuring out if early retirement is doable. I shared that my quilting skills had definitely improved since retiring last May.
Both ladies echoed my mother’s sentiments that I should renew my about-to-expire teaching certificate for one more 5 year term. If not, then at least convert it to a retired educator certificate. This will give me options should I need them in the future. Psst: I applied for renewal. Certification rules keep changing, but it looks as if I have enough PD hours for automatic renewal. The process is a little different since I’m not employed by a local school district. We’ll see what the state certification office says.